Saturday, August 17, 2013

Charlie Chaplin's speech from the "Great Dictator"

Rush Holt - Wall Street

Rachel Maddow on the .50 Caliber Round

starts at the 5:00 minute mark

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More on the Christie Veto of the Ban on .50 Caliber Rifles

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It's worth pausing to appreciate just what Christie has done with this veto. See that image above? The .50 caliber is the one on the left. As Rachel explained on the show earlier this week, a .50 caliber shell is basically the size of a "carrot," which serves "an effective military weapon against even some armored vehicles. A few years back, 60 Minutes showed .50 caliber rifles making short work of steel plate armor at several hundred yards." It also has the capacity to shoot down an airplane.
Under current law in New Jersey, any adult can legally purchase this weapon. The state legislature decided that's no longer a good idea, and today, Chris Christie vetoed the ban.
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D) said in a statement, "Banning these battlefield-style weapons was designed to keep these highly destructive firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals and terrorists. Weaponry designed for the battlefield, that serves no legitimate civilian use, should not be landing on our streets. Instead the governor has shunned this notion and bowed to the pressure of right wing conservatives. The governor's vetoes today demonstrate a failure in leadership. Instead of doing what's right for New Jersey, he bowed to the pressures of his political party."

Governor Chris Christie Allows .50 Caliber Rifles

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) late Friday vetoed a bill to ban a powerful model of assault weapon that he initially advocated in the wake of last December’s elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
The bill that passed New Jersey’s Democratic legislature would have prohibited the Barrett .50 caliber long-range rifle. Although Christie this spring proposed a ban on future sales of the firearm, he vetoed the ultimate bill because he said it went too far, requiring residents who already own the rifle to give theirs up.
In a veto message to the General Assembly, Christie wrote that the bill “will not further our collective fight against crime, but serve only to confuse law-abiding gun owners with the threat of imprisonment for lawful recreation. I cannot approve of that result.”

Arkansas Colleges Say No to Guns on Campus

via democommie with the following comment: "I'll bet this is pissing off Will Bill Camp and his posse."

In a forceful and decisive show of unanimity against Arkansas Act 226, sponsored by Representative Charlie Collins and which would have allowed faculty & staff with concealed-carry licenses to bring their guns on campus, every public and private college and university in the state of Arkansas has voted to opt out of the law.

To see the complete list of schools opting out of this legislation, see our Facebook page, Arkansans Against Guns on Campus.

This is significant for three reasons.
  1. The college and university boards that voted this legislation down represent the broadest demographics in the state.From public schools to private schools, from large state universities to smaller community colleges, Arkansans directly affected by Act 226 have spoken out against the legislative actions of the radical gun lobbies and the legislators they sponsor.
  2. The unanimous decision to opt out of Act 226 provides clear evidence that the powerful gun lobbies can be successfully resisted. While Arkansans have no centralized and well funded gun-control lobby to match the prowess of organizations like the NRA, we have developed smaller and dedicated organizations, blogs, Twitter feeds, and Facebook pages that united overnight around this common cause. These actions should provide hope for the future, as we move forward committed to maintaining the safe campuses that have long distinguished Arkansas higher education.
  3. It is also our sincere hope that the legislators who sponsored this bill will realize that top-down legislation of this sort, in the face of stringent public opposition by the afffected constituencies, creates an unnecessary divisiveness within the state.Arkansas, like many states in the region, confronts complex and genuinely partisan issues. To force our institutions of higher education to consider every year an Act that they have resisted from the beginning, and now resisted unanimously, is a waste both of our resources and our time.
We hope, in fact, that our successful resistance to Act 226 will serve as a model to other institutions who face similar legislation.

Lucrative PAC's, well-oiled DC lobbies, wealthy contributors from outside of the state whose children will most likely not attend our schools—these forces represent substantial opponents, but Arkansas has now joined the ranks of those similarly under-funded coalitions and organizations around the country—and there are many of them, and their numbers are growing—that have relied on the will of the people to craft a voice in opposition to gun violence.

We believe that our successful resistance is part of a larger, growing consensus around the country, and we further feel that our victory here in Arkansas derives in part from the support and advice that we received from organizations in other states that have been struggling against gun violence for years.

Together, we feel confident that our progress will be steady and sure. A consensus has emerged, and we here in Arkansas are happy to be a part of it.

The Mark Kessler Fan Club

And I do have to wonder how many of you "gun rights" clowns are disqualified persons just hoping that gun laws will be repealed so you can get your hands on guns.

California Gun Range Manager Arrested for Being Felon with Gun

Normally I would consider this one a close call.  Stealing a car is not really the kind of felony I would consider as a disqualifier for gun rights.  But, in this case the guy was 30 years old when he did it. It wasn't some teenage prank. What is a 30-year-old man doing stealing cars?
I'm guessing there's a bit more to his criminal past than stealing a car and later on possessing a gun illegally.
What do you think?

Utah Gun Rights Activist Clark Aposhian Charged with Domestic Abuse and Stalking

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Clark Aposhian, Utah's chief gun rights activist and chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council, appears in Holladay Justice Court on four charges, including domestic violence, for a Memorial Day incident at his ex-wife's house. Judge Augustus Chin ordered him to secure his weapons away from his home, car and person.
The 11-year-old daughter of Utah’s foremost gun advocate doesn’t feel safe anymore.
Ever since Clark Aposhian allegedly threatened his ex-wife and her husband outside their home on Memorial Day, the family’s attorney wrote, the little girl has had "obsessions" about her own well-being and frightening fantasies about "being stolen out of her home by her father."
In closing arguments filed in 3rd District Court this week ina civil stalking case against Aposhian, attorney Mitch Olsen wrote that the child’s "reasonable fear of bodily injury" and the anxiety Aposhian has caused his ex-wife, Natalie Meyer, is enough to compel a judge to permanently ban him from accessing his arsenal of an estimated 300 weapons. The case was filed by Ronald Meyer, the new husband of Aposhian’s ex-wife.
The arguments offer starkly different views of Aposhian and challenge Judge Terry Christiansen to decide whether he poses enough of a threat to merit banning him from the very things that have, for so long, defined him — his guns.
Christiansen’s decision, which is expected in about a week, will be the first indicator of whether Aposhian is seen as the aggressor in this conflict. His ruling could also influence the two other cases against Aposhian — his ex-wife’s petition for a protective order in Salt Lake City and a domestic violence case in Holladay.

I'm sure the ex-wife is making it all up.  He couldn't be a lawful gun owner with a concealed carry permit who is also an out-of-control bully, domestic abuser and all-around asshole.  Could he?

Gun FAILS: Second Amendment Rights Gone Wrong In Honor Of 'Gun Appreciation Day'

Oregon Supreme Court Finds Portland Ban On Loaded Guns In Public Places Constitutional

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Portland ordinance banning the carrying of loaded guns in public areas is not in violation of the 2nd Amendment right to bears arms.
State and City of Portland v. Jonation D. Christian is the first time the state supreme court weighed in on the controversial ordinance.
Sounds like a bit of a set-back for gun rights.
What do you think?

Open Carry in Texas

Oregon Boy Shoots Friend with Dad's Gun - Charges Being Considered


Cenk Uygur on the End of The Young Turks on Current

Friday, August 16, 2013

Republican Attempts at Voter Suppression

Church Shooting in Norwood Missouri

Days after churchgoers left their pews mid-sermon to tackle a gunman, they returned to their seats at First Baptist Church in Norwood, Mo., to talk through the experience with chaplains.  Photo courtesy of The Pathway.

Baptist Press

Days after churchgoers left their pews mid-sermon to tackle a gunman armed with a .357 magnum revolver, they returned to their seats at First Baptist Church in Norwood, Mo., for Bible study and to talk through the experience with chaplains.

Many were quiet at first, but by the end of the evening most of the 25 people present began to open up about the traumatic events of July 21 that left the congregation shaken but uninjured.

A man identified in court documents as Earnest J. Smith entered the church that Sunday morning and fired two shots -- one into the ceiling and one at the floor between himself and the pastor -- before being tackled and subdued.

Dana Point California Negligent Discharge - Woman Hit - No Charges

What the hell is wrong with these people - no hard feelings, no criminal charges?

What happened to the onerous assault weapons ban in California, you know the one that infringes on everyone's right to own toys like an AR-15?

What happened to lawful gun owners being responsible? How totally ignorant do you have to be in order to be exchanging parts on a rifle and all the while not know there's a round in the chamber?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gets 30 Months

Piers Morgan and Breitbart News author A.W.R. Hawkins

Breitbart with video

Newtown CT Gun Sales

"They think they're protecting themselves, but they're only adding to the problem."

"The Supreme Court has made itis decision; now let them enforce it!"

The quote I use to open this comes from what President Andrew Jackson is supposed to have said in response to the decision in Worcester v. Georgia, 31 U.S. (6 Pet.) 515 (1832): "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it!"

There is no constitutional provision for judicial review of laws by the US Supreme Court, neither is there a constitutional provision which allows the court to enforce its "decisions". I asked the question of how does one deal with a rogue court which goes beyond its powers when Scalia judicially amended the Constitution with his Heller decision.  He totally violated the rule of law and gave sanction to a version of the Second Amendment which is without historic or legal basis:
In the second article, it is declared, that a well regulatedmilitia is necessary to the security of a free state; a propositionfrom which few will dissent...The corollary, from the first position, is, that the right ofthe people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
I also give this interpretation of the Miller case from a Justice who was on the court at the time of Miller, William O. Douglas, dissent in Adams v. Williams, 407 U.S 143, 150 -51 (1972) :
The police problem is an acute one not because of the Fourth Amendment, but because of the ease with which anyone can acquire a pistol. A powerful lobby dins into the ears of our citizenry that these gun purchases are constitutional rights protected by the Second Amendment, which reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

There is under our decisions no reason why stiff state laws governing the purchase and possession of pistols may not be enacted. There is no reason why pistols may not be barred from anyone with a police record. There is no reason why a State may not require a purchaser of a pistol to pass a psychiatric test. There is no reason why all pistols should not be barred to everyone except the police.

The leading case is United States v. Miller, 307 U.S. 174, upholding a federal law making criminal the shipment in interstate commerce of a sawed-off shotgun. The law was upheld, there being no evidence that a sawed-off shotgun had “some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.” Id., at 178. The Second Amendment, it was held, “must be interpreted and applied” with the view of maintaining a “militia.”

“The Militia which the States were expected to maintain and train is set in contrast with Troops which they were forbidden to keep without the consent of Congress. The sentiment of the time strongly disfavored standing armies; the common view was that adequate defense of country and laws could be secured through the Militia – civilians primarily, soldiers on occasion.” Id., at 178-179.
Critics say that proposals like this water down the Second Amendment. Our decisions belie that argument, for the Second Amendment, as noted, was designed to keep alive the militia. But if watering-down is the mood of the day, I would prefer to water down the Second rather than the Fourth Amendment. I share with Judge Friendly a concern that the easy extension of Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, to “possessory offenses” is a serious intrusion on Fourth Amendment safeguards.
Of course, the real goal of libertarians is the destruction of government and the rule of law--even if the "law" we follow is one of custom rather than actual legislated (or constitutionally provided) law.

They would be happy to see the court system abolished.

Especially if that happens from within.  Thank you, Justice Scalia.

Seattle Homeowner Loses Gun to Robber

A homeowner and robber both escaped serious injury during a tussle inside a Kearns residence on Tuesday.
Unified police Detective Jared Richardson said the homeowner heard someone about 1:30 p.m. upstairs in his home near 4300 West and 5940 South, grabbed a semi-automatic handgun and headed up to investigate.
Richardson said the man encountered a robber in the front room taking apart electronics.
The two then had an argument, which escalated into a physical confrontation. Ultimately, the homeowner ended up on the ground with the suspect on top of him, Richardson said.
At that point, Richardson said the homeowner fired his gun, but missed the suspect. The suspect then grabbed the gun and fled.

John Oliver on the Stop and Frisk Policy

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cook County Sheriff's Office Confiscates 200th Gun From Revoked FOID Card Holders This Year

cook county sheriff's office confiscates gun
The 199th and 200th firearms confiscated by the Cook County Sheriff's Office from revoked FOID card holders under a pilot program this year.
The Cook County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday they have confiscated their 200th illegally-owned firearm this year as part of a pilot program targeting gun owners who have had their Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards revoked but have failed to relinquish their weapons.
According to a statement from the sheriff's office, officers seized an AA Arms AP Tec-9 near 155th Street and Western Avenue in suburban Harvey Friday afternoon. A Colt .38 Special was also recovered from the scene.
The weapons mark the 199th and 200th guns recovered as part of the program which launched this February. The initiative entails a small team working to seize firearms from those individuals who have lost their gun privileges for a variety of reasons -- including mental illness, a restraining order or violent crime charges or convictions.
The lying gun-rights fanatics call this, simply "gun confiscation."  They claim that poor lawful gun owners guilty of nothing more than failure to renew their expired licenses were having their rights infringed upon.  Poor victim gun owners.
The HuffPo article clearly states the reasons for the seizures. One interesting thing I noticed is there were no bloody shootouts with the persecuted gun owner shouting "molon labe" with his dying breath. I guess that was another empty threat on the part of the macho gun crowd.
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Gun in Airports - Atlanta Wins

David Walter Banks for The New York Times
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International is the nation's busiest airport and a magnet of sorts for gun-carrying fliers.
The New York Times

Across the country, people are increasingly being caught at security checkpoints with firearms in their carry-on bags. Nowhere does this happen more often than at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the nation’s busiest airport and a magnet of sorts for gun-carrying fliers.
Through last week, the Transportation Security Administration had seized 67 guns this year at Hartsfield-Jackson, putting it ahead of last year’s pace and giving the airport a comfortable lead over Dallas-Fort Worth International in its defense of a dubious title. (Not every seizure results in an arrest; the exceptions include some military personnel.) Nationwide, security agents had seized 862 through the first half of 2013, a rate likely to eclipse last year’s record of 1,556.

I've already come up with a sure-fire way to stop this, or at least cut it way way down.

The US is Number 1 in Prisoner to General Population Rate

The story in Business Insider is about mandatory minimum sentencing and drug offenders.  But what came to mind for me was the continual evasion we keep hearing on the part of gun-rights fanatics.  Instead of tightening up the gun laws, they say, we just need to get tougher on criminals.

 Prison Population Rates

Oklahoma Cop Kills a Kid, Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter, and Gets Record Expunged

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Pennsylvania Woman Accidentally Shot with her Own Gun - Shooter Charged

State Police in Pennsylvania have charged a Fayette County man who accidentially shot a woman with a gun he thought was unloaded.

Jeremy Hambrosky, 24 is facing involuntary manslaughter.  His bond has been set at $50,000.  State Police say troopers were called to Bullskin Township in Fayette County Sunday afternoon and found Kylie Sage, 23, in the driver's seat with injuries to upper, left torso, sitting in a pool of blood.  She died at the scene.

Hambrosky told police she handed him a gun she had purchased on Saturday.  He asked if the gun was loaded and she assured him it was not.  Hambrosky pulled back the slide and as he returned it to the starting position the gun discharged.  The bullet hit Sage under the armpit and hit the driver's side mirror.  

It's hard to decide who's a stupider and more unfit gun owner, the dead girl or her friend who's charged with her death.

Yet, gun-rights fanatics oppose all attempts at raising the bar as to who can own guns.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Craig Ferguson Why everything sucks

The "deification of imbecility"--In other words, people who aren't knowledgeable on a topic pontificate and demonstrate their ignorance:

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More on the 18 - 20-Year-olds Buying Handguns Legally


It’s worth keeping a few things in mind when contemplating the NRA’s latest effort to promote gun sales. First, every state in the union forbids the sale of alcohol to people under age 21. Second, as a 2013 report from the National Academy of Sciences states, behaviors and characteristics associated with adolescence are “positively correlated with increased risk for firearm violence.” In fact, according to research by Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University, the correlation is particularly acute between the ages of 18 and 20, when the homicide-offense rate peaks. (See chart.)

Anyone 18 and over can buy a long gun from a federally licensed dealer. Anyone 18 and over can buy a handgun from an unlicensed supplier (although a few states require residents to be 21). As we see it, restrictions on youthful gun ownership already seem pretty porous.

New Hampshire Dad Kills 9-Year-old Son and Himself

A New Hampshire software engineer shot his 9-year-old son to death before taking his own life during supervised visitation at a YWCA office, officials said Sunday.
An adult supervisor was present when Muni Savyon, 54, of Manchester, took out a handgun and shot 9-year-old Joshua Savyon of Amherst before shooting himself around 10 a.m., the attorney general's office said.

The father sent an email to a friend suggesting he was suicidal before the shootings, said Rabbi Levi Krinsky of Chabad Lubavitch in Manchester. Krinsky said Savyon had been depressed after recently returning from his brother's funeral in Israel but he had seen him last week and had no concerns he would harm himself or someone else.

In Texas Elderly Woman Shot by her Husband but it Was Only an Accident

Local news reports

A Richardson man accidentally shot his elderly wife Sunday night while the pair were watching TV, Richardson police said.
Police responded to a call about the shooting at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a local hospital where the couple had gone for medical treatment. The couple had been sitting on the couch in their home in the 2300 block of Shady Creek Drive when the man accidentally fired his Colt .380 Mustang, Richardson police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.
A bullet struck the woman’s abdomen but did not seriously injure her. After the shooting, the couple drove to a local hospital, where police responded, Perlich said.
“She was very lucky. He was lucky,” he said. “It looks like it was strictly accidental.”

No big deal, right?

Marine Dies after Shooting Himself in Washington DC Barracks

On Friday evening, authorities say, Schoenfelder shot himself in the head at the barracks buildings in Southeast Washington, where the Marine commandant lives. He died Saturday in what D.C. police say is being investigated as an accident.
Two D.C. police officials said Schoenfelder was shot inside a guard shack and there was a second Marine with him at the time. Investigators are exploring the possibility that a gun accidentally discharged as the Marines were playing the game “Trust,” in which one points a weapon at the other, according to those two officials and a third person in law enforcement, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Capt. John Norton, a spokesman for Marine Barracks Washington, would not comment on the number of people in the guard shack at the time of the shooting, nor would he discuss whether investigators are looking into the “Trust” game, which has led to deaths and headlines across the country.
As part of the game, one Marine pretends to load a magazine into a weapon, points it at another’s head and says, “Do you trust me?” according to accounts in the Marine Corps Times. After getting an answer, the Marine holding the gun either pulls the trigger or lowers the weapon. Either way, there should not be any bullets fired.
The Times paper has reported on service members convicted of manslaughter and court-
martialed after accidental shootings. If Schoenfelder was killed while playing “Trust,” police say, something went terribly awry for him to have shot himself.

Instructor Shoots Student Accidentally in Ohio Gun Safety Class

Local news reports

Police say an instructor at a central Ohio gun safety class has accidentally shot a student. 

The Columbus Dispatch reports 73-year-old Terry J. Dunlap Sr. was demonstrating a handgun at a training facility on Saturday when he fired a bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into the right arm of 26-year-old Michael Piemonte. 

The student says the .38-caliber bullet hit him between his elbow and armpit. He says many of the students in the class were nurses who helped stabilize him before he was transported to a Columbus hospital. 

Piemonte tells the newspaper it appears Dunlap didn't know the gun was loaded. Dunlap hasn't responded to requests for comment. 

A police report lists the shooting as accidental.

"Listing the shooting as accidental" is code for "no charges will be filed."

What's your opinion.  Please leave a comment.  Please tell us how in the world a gun safety instructor who does something like that should not forfeit his gun rights.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Alabama 18-Year-olds with Concealed Carry Permits

Miami Herald

Many Alabama sheriffs are seeing more young people ages 18 to 20 seek permits to carry concealed handguns now that a new state gun law makes it tougher to deny them.
Bobby Timmons, executive director of the Alabama Sheriffs Association, said he's fielded more questions from law enforcement about pistol permits for those in that age group than any other topic since the law took effect Aug. 1.
"Everybody in the world wants to know about this," he said.
Timmons said people that age have always been able to apply for pistol permits in Alabama. But many sheriffs never processed the applications if they thought a person was too immature to carry a concealed weapon.
"Before we said, 'Get the hell out of this office. I'm not giving you a permit,'" Timmons said.
Under the new law, sheriffs can't ignore an application and must process it within 30 days.
If they deny it, they must give the applicant a written explanation using guidelines in the new law. Then the applicant can appeal to district court, and a judge must rule within 30 days whether to grant the permit.
Assuming the applicant passes a mandatory criminal background check, the new law allows a sheriff to reject the application if there is reasonable suspicion the person may use the weapon unlawfully or in a manner that would endanger the applicant or others.
The law sets out 11 reasons the sheriff may consider. Most focus on the person having an involuntary commitment to a hospital or other facility for mental health or drug problems. But one says a sheriff can reject the request when the applicant causes "justifiable concern for public safety."
Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said he used to get one or two young people under 21 seeking a pistol permit each year, and he denied most of them. "Ninety percent are not mature enough to be out there with a gun," he said.
But he said he had three come in the first week the law was in effect, including one on the first day.

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Two Kansas Men Seriously Injured with the Same Accidental Gunshot

Two males are injured, one critically, after their family member accidentally shot them with one bullet.
At 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Shawnee County Sheriffs Department received a call of a shooting at 7610 SE Highway 40 in a field.
Police told 13 News that a man was in a field near a trailer when he accidentally shot two of his male family members.
Police say the males suffered with leg wounds and were transported to the hospital.
Police say the man shooting didn't know the weapon was loaded.
You think there'll be charges in this case?  I don't. But there certainly should be.  Violating the Gun Safety Rule number one should be a criminal offense. Or, let's say, violating Safety Rule number one should be a criminal offense when someone gets hurt or killed as a result.
How's that sound?  Is that too tough a standard to live up to?
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Newtown CT Starbucks

This sign was posted on the front door of Starbucks in Newtown, Conn. after the store closed early on Friday, August 9, 2013.  Many Second Amendment supporters carried their firearms into Starbucks on Starbucks Appreciation Day to exercise their right to bear arms and thank the company for allowing firearms in their stores, as allowed by state law.  However, the Newtown Action Alliance urged gun owners to hold off, saying it is insensitive to the community that is still recovering from the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, just over a mile down the street. Photo: Contributed Photo / The News-Times Contributed

In Canada They Know How to Treat Hunting Accidents

Corey Blake was sentenced to two years' probation and $5,000 in fines for shooting a woman he thought was a moose in 2011.
Corey Blake was sentenced to two years' probation and $5,000 in fines for shooting a woman he thought was a moose in 2011. (CBC)

A man from Notre Dame Bay was sentenced to two years probation in a Gander court on Friday for shooting a woman he thought was a moose in November 2011.

Corey Blake, 36, pleaded guilty in March to criminal negligence causing bodily harm, hunting without a license and breaching his probation after mistaking Joan Primmer, 68, for a moose one afternoon while he was out hunting.
Judge Jacqueline Jenkins said the accident had a devastating impact on both the victim and the shooter.
Jenkins said the victim had been scarred both emotionally had physically, and Blake is still haunted by her screams.
She sentenced Blake to almost $5,000 in fines on top of the probation, with the condition he no longer own firearms, adding that the condition was almost unnecessary because Blake said he will never hunt again.

Michael Savage Blames Clinton's Gun Control for the Fort Hood Tragedy

WND reports

As the trial of the Fort Hood killer finally began this week, Michael Savage reminded listeners why all the victims were unarmed and therefore unable to defend themselves, even though they were on a military base.

“Bill Clinton disarmed our troops,” Dr. Savage explained. “One of his first acts upon taking office in 1993 was to prevent soldiers on military bases from carrying their personal firearms. … The 13 bodies in that Texas morgue are the direct result of gun-control craziness as enacted by Clinton” (FREE audio).

I'm not so sure that's true.  I don't think soldiers on military bases carried weapons even before Clinton, unless of course they were MPs. Besides, as Jared Loughner proved, it doesn't matter. Armed good guys are powerless to stop a maniac in time.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Ohio Woman Who Accidentally Shot her Best Friend at her Birthday Party Faces Several Charges

Local news reports

Relatives of a woman accused of killing her best friend last week during a birthday party at Perkins Park said there is no doubt that the fatal shot was fired accidentally.

Lakeisha Bell, 19, of Warren pleaded not guilty at her initial court appearance on Thursday. Her bond was set at $100,000.
She is accused of fatally shooting McKayla Hopkins, 18, of Howland during an Aug. 2 celebration of Bell's 19th birthday.
"They loved each other. This is sad for both of them, both of their families. It hurts all of us that this happened," said Jonathan Penn, who was among several of Bell's family members, including her mom, at Thursday's proceedings.
Bell was initially charged with involuntary manslaughter and carrying a concealed weapon, both felonies. However, on Thursday an additional felony charge of having a weapon under disability was also lodged against her.
Well they didn't waste any time charging this young woman even though it was just an accident. Why do you think that is?
Please leave a comment-.

Missouri Woman Critical after Accidental Shooting - Shooter Arrested

Local news reports

A Granby woman was in critical condition Saturday afternoon and a Joplin man is in jail after an apparent accidental shooting early Saturday morning at a home on the eastern edge of Jasper County.

Jasper County Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod said Kelly Crawford, 24, Granby, was in critical condition at at an unknown hospital after the shooting that happened at between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Walrod said Windell Douglas "Doug" Daniels, 31, Joplin, was arrested at the home on County Road 10 about two miles north of Missouri Highway 96, on suspicion of second degree assault and armed criminal action.

Walrod said investigators believe Daniels mishandled a handgun, causing the gun to accidentally go off, striking Crawford in the back of the head.

"We believe he recklessly caused her injury and that's why we're seeking criminal charges," Walrod said. "We're waiting word on her condition."

Walrod said more charges may be filed depending on the results of a continuing investigation.
Daniels was being held in the Jasper County Detention Center in Carthage as of Saturday afternoon.

Now, what's so difficult about that? The one responsible for a negligent discharge should be arrested.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.